The misadventures of club owner Brian Potter who is determined to make The Phoenix Club the best working men's club in Greater Manchester.
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 Brian Potter / ... (12 episodes, 2001-2002)
Dave Spikey ...
 Jerry 'St. Clair' Dignan / ... (12 episodes, 2001-2002)
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 Young Kenny (12 episodes, 2001-2002)
Paddy McGuinness ...
 Paddy (12 episodes, 2001-2002)
Archie Kelly ...
 Kenny Senior (12 episodes, 2001-2002)
Janice Connolly ...
 Holy Mary (12 episodes, 2001-2002)
Neil Fitzmaurice ...
 Ray Von (12 episodes, 2001-2002)
Toby Foster ...
 Les (12 episodes, 2001-2002)
Steve Edge ...
 Alan (12 episodes, 2001-2002)
Ted Robbins ...
 Den Perry (8 episodes, 2001-2002)
Beatrice Kelley ...
 Marion (6 episodes, 2001)
Enid Dunn ...
 Joyce (6 episodes, 2002)
Daniel Kitson ...
 Spencer (5 episodes, 2001-2002)
Julian Sua ...
 Ant (5 episodes, 2002)
Wai Kee Chan ...
 Dec (5 episodes, 2002)
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The misadventures of club owner Brian Potter who is determined to make The Phoenix Club the best working men's club in Greater Manchester.

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The series was filmed in a real club in Bolton. See more »

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Jerry St Clair: [discovering the Captain dead] He's dead, Brian.
Brian Potter: Oh, my God! He can't be dead! Who's going to do the door? Who's going to do the door?
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At the end of each episode, the characters are auditioning real club acts to perform at their fictitious club. The acts are honestly as bad as they are depicted. See more »

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Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #14.47 (2010) See more »

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hilarious comedy based in the North West of England
27 February 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This comedy, which ran for two series, was co-written by and starred (in several roles), Bolton comic Peter Kay, who has his finger perfectly on the breathing pulse of North West England (speaking as someone the same age as Kay who comes from a part of the NW not a million miles from Bolton). Phoenix Nights was set in a lousy Northern club with 'entertainment', bingo, and droll staff, just the kind of club that existed in the 1970s and 1980s.

Brian Potter, owner and sometime licensee, is wheelchair bound and sarcastic, with his wingeing voice and blustering manner. Played by Kay he is a great creation. The main target for Brian's verbal attacks is Jerry 'St Clair' (Dave Spikey) who acts as compère and - at times - terrible entertainer. Doormen Max (Kay again) and Paddy (Patrick McGuinness) went on to have their own spin-off series.

Alongside the long-running feud between Potter and Den Perry (Ted Robbins), the high points of Phoenix Nights includes the variety 'auditions' which ended each episode (who could forget the doves which flew into the air condition fans, or the ping pong lady?). The audience at the Phoenix were real-life Bolton residents, and their reactions are absolutely genuine.

I have two favourite episodes - the one with the outdoor entertainment ('Sammy the Snake' (!), and the Children's Activity Hut, formerly the Gents loo); and the Stars in Their Eyes episode (with the jam-jar glassed club worker as Gary Glitter, and Jerry and Brian as Elton John and George Michael).

It ended far too soon but the two series that were made are the stuff that makes classic comedy.


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